A TEDxColumbus interview with Speaker Alexander Wendt, Professor of Political Science, Mershon Professor of International Security, The Ohio State University
TEDxColumbus: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
AW: I am a professor of political science at Ohio State, specializing in the philosophy of international relations. I have also long had a side-interest in anomalous phenomena, and in 2008 published the only academic article I know of that takes UFOs seriously.
TEDxColumbus: What do others consider to be the most surprising thing about you?
AW: The fact that I like metal.
TEDxColumbus: Have to ask, what is your favorite band?
AW: That’s a tough one, with so much good music out there! I’d have to say Avenged Sevenfold or Slipknot, depending on my mood; can we go with both?
TEDxColumbus: What inspired your interest in TEDxColumbus?
AW: I’ve heard about it for years from my neighbor and in this case I was encouraged to actually apply by one of your organizers.
TEDxColumbus: What are you most looking forward to as a TEDxColumbus speaker?
AW: My ideas reaching as large an audience as possible.
TEDxColumbus: What inspires you about the future of Columbus?
AW: The presence of so many talented, forward-thinking and socially conscious young people
TEDxColumbus: If you could give advice to yourself as a high school student, what would it be?
AW: Don’t change a thing, or I wouldn’t be as lucky as I am today.
TEDxColumbus: How did you select your career choice?
AW: I didn’t have any other skills and my father was a professor, so it was a natural path to follow.
And just for fun:
TEDxColumbus: Phone Call or Text
AW: Phone call
TEDxColumbus: Facebook or Twitter
TEDxColumbus: Beach or Mountains
TEDxColumbus: Big Party or Small Gathering
AW: Small Gathering
TEDxColumbus: Train or Plane
Interested in Alexander’s music choices? Check them out here: https://www.alexanderwendt.org/my-metal
Alexander will be taking the main stage at 2019 TEDxColumbus: Spark. You can read his bio here.